Enjoy the beauty of Rouken Glen on two wheels

A family from Neilston enjoy the new cycle service
A family from Neilston enjoy the new cycle service

A new pilot scheme is making it easier than ever to get on your bike and enjoy a park that was recently named the best in Britain.

Rouken Glen landed the 2016 title from the Fields in Trust organisation - established in 1925 by King George V as the National Playing Fields Association.

Now a new project is offering the chance to hire bikes to enjoy the much-loved green space, from the tranquillity of the shady glens and waterfall, to the graceful cygnets on the boating pond and the stunning walled garden.

Neilston Development Trust (NDT) are running the Pedalwise Bike Hub with the support of East Renfrewshire Council and hope it will be a success.

Park visitors are being urged to “enjoy the safe (and not too hilly) off-road cycle paths, plan for a picnic, or take time to stop for a coffee or an ice cream”.

Bikes can be hired anywhere from one hour or longer between 10am-4pm, with the last hire from 3pm (longer hires by arrangement) and they have bikes to fit all ages and sizes. The hire includes a helmet and a lock, and prices start at £5 for adults and £2 for under 16s.

Under 16s can go for a ride themselves, but all hires must be signed off by a consenting adult and require a photograph ID and a returnable deposit, such as a driver’s license or credit card.

To find the hub, follow the signs for the hire service at the Pedalwise Bike Hub in Rouken Glen, which is located at the YES area next to the walled garden. For more details call 0141 561 1201 or go to the NDT Facebook page.